Happy Thanksgiving from The Productive Pen


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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it has such a simple and pure message and intent. It’s not religious, there is no gift-giving requirement, and there is no costume required. All you have to do is take a moment to express your gratitude for all of the blessings that you have received over the course of the year. Gratitude is magical because when you are grateful for what you already have you make space to receive even more.

I love Thanksgiving because I love to cook. It is my opportunity to show those around me just how much I love them be preparing a beautiful, delicious, healthy meal. This year, for the first time in recent memory, I won’t be preparing the meal. I will actually be a guest at a home that I’ve never been to before, so I am looking forward to trying some new foods and making some new friends.

Because this is a time that we express our gratitude, I wanted to take a moment and thank my readers. The Productive Pen blog has grown this year even as my Freelance writing business has taken off. I am thrilled to have a thriving business doing something that I enjoy doing, and I have the priviledge of doing it from my own home office. I am grateful for all of the positive feedback and support that I have received from my readers.

I hope that each of you has a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I hope that you take the time to express your gratitude for all that you have been blessed with.

Here’s a poem that I saw that I wanted to share. Enjoy!

Be Thankful

Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

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